Bin checks row leaves students shaken

LOUISE BERWICK AND NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 05:00 21/12/2013

Relevant offers

WasteNet will introduce further safety measures after two Invercargill staff checking rubbish bins were abused and assaulted yesterday.

Two students employed by WasteNet and the Invercargill City Council were left shaken yesterday morning when a group of men approached them in Appleby and became angry about the tags showing their yellow recycling bins would not be collected.

The women were working as part of the Summer Recycling Bin Inspection Programme, checking bins to ensure residents are complying with the rules. The programme is run throughout the district.

Invercargill City Council solid waste manager Malcolm Loan said the situation yesterday became heated and one man slammed one of the workers' fingers in a bin.

Her 18-year-old colleague called police, he said.

Sergeant Pete Graham, of Invercargill, said police arrested a man for threatening behaviour. Staff had previously informed the man his recycling bins contained items not suitable to be recycled, he said.

A slanging match ensued and the man would probably receive a warning. The two young workers had a job to do and "they deserve to be able to do this safely", Mr Graham said.

Mr Loan said it was not the first time someone had become angry about the inspectors, but it had never escalated as much.

"Normally, people are not too unreasonable."

The programme would not be called off, but the process would be reassessed after the Christmas break and more safety measures put in place, he said.

Ad Feedback

- The Southland Times

Special offers
Opinion poll

What impact would Labour's proposal to reduce class sizes have on student achievement?

Major

Moderate

Minimal

None

Vote Result

Related story: Cuts only half the story - educators

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Social Media
The Southland Times on Facebook

Subscribe to a digital replica of The Southland Times.

Digital edition

Subscribe to a digital replica of The Southland Times.

Click here to read our free community newspapers from around the region.

Community newspapers

Click here to read our free community newspapers from around the region online.

Southland Times subscriber news and information.

Subscriber services

Southland Times subscriber news and information.

Click here for information about advertising with The Southland Times.

Advertise

Click here for information about advertising with The Southland Times.